LA COUNTY STORM PREPAREDNESS AND WAYS TO STAY SAFE
Evacuation Order in Place for Owen Fire Burn Area
February 4, 2024
Los Angeles, CA – With a significant storm event expected across Los Angeles County today, Sunday, Feb. 4, through Tuesday, Feb. 6, Lindsey P. Horvath, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, is coordinating with Los Angeles County departments to keep communities safe across the region.
“Los Angeles County is prepared for this storm, and we need everyone’s partnership to keep one another safe. This means staying informed, being prepared with supplies and evacuation plans, and staying inside if possible,”said Chair Lindsey P. Horvath. “Los Angeles County first responders are on storm watch with additional personnel out to keep you and our communities safe. Thank you for following their instructions, checking in on neighbors, and staying inside as we weather the storm together.”
All Los Angeles County residents are encouraged to stay informed and prepared as the brunt of the storm approaches. The Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center is activated. The County’s emergency webpage has the latest information at lacounty.gov/emergency.
In the Third District, an Evacuation Order has been issued for the Owen Fire Burn Area in Topanga Canyon on Santa Maria Road north of Topanga Canyon Boulevard. If you live in this area – Topanga Zone 4-A – please gather family, pets, medication, and essential supplies, and evacuate now.
A shelter has been established through the American Red Cross at:
OneGeneration Senior Enrichment Center, 18255 Victory Blvd., Reseda 91335
If an evacuating community member has large animals, an animal shelter is available at:
Agoura Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills 91301
Evacuation Orders and Warnings are in place for other burn areas in LA County. For more information and to stay informed, visit lacounty.gov/emergency.
Here are other important updates:
- Los Angeles County Public Works has staged equipment in potentially vulnerable locations across the LA Basin and Antelope Valley and mobilized its workforce across the region to protect local communities.
- Outreach teams have been at work to connect our unhoused neighbors to shelters. The Augmented Winter Shelter Program is in place. To locate shelter, call 211 or visit www.lahsa.org/winter-shelter.
- Visit READY.LACounty.gov for free sandbag distribution locations and to sign up for automatic emergency alerts.
Tips for protecting your home and staying safe:
- Develop an emergency plan and know your property’s risk factors for flooding.
- Follow the instructions of law enforcement if told to evacuate.
- Clear drainage paths. Use sandbags to direct runoff and protect structures.
- Stay tuned to local weather reports (National Weather Service). Follow the instructions of law enforcement if told to evacuate.
- Keep trash cans and vehicles off the street to allow stormwater to travel freely.
- Find storm-related news on social media using the hashtag: #LARain
- To report storm-related damage, traffic signal outages, flooding, or other concerns, call the LA County Public Works 24-hour Dispatch Center at 1-800-675-HELP (4357).
- Motorists should avoid non-essential travel during the storm. If you must be on the road, slow down. Avoid driving on mountain roads or into ponded- or swift-moving water.